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St Mirren’s second goal against Celtic SHOULD NOT have stood & Hibs v Aberdeen incident ‘always’ a penalty, says ex-top referee ThePipaNews

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IT was a Premiership weekend full of big refereeing calls.

There have been claims that St Mirren’s second goal against Celtic should have been chalked off, while Dundee United felt they had a couple of decent calls for penalties at Ibrox.

Dermot Gallagher thinks St Mirren's second goal should have been disallowed

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Dermot Gallagher thinks St Mirren’s second goal should have been disallowedCredit: SNS
Jamie McGrath goes under Malik Tillman's challenge (Credit: BBC Scotland)

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Jamie McGrath goes under Malik Tillman’s challenge (Credit: BBC Scotland)
Liam Scales' red card left Jim Goodwin fuming

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Liam Scales’ red card left Jim Goodwin fumingCredit: Andrew Barr

And then of course there’s the big fallout from Easter Road where Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin blasted Hibs defender Ryan Porteous as a “cheat”.

So there was certainly plenty for former English Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher to sink his teeth into when analyzing the big refereeing decisions.

St Mirren secured a stunning 2-0 victory over Celtic on Sunday afternoon, handing Ange Postecoglou’s men a first league defeat in a year.

Pundit Michael Stewart reckoned Buddie’s second goal would have been disallowed by VAR for offside.

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Gallagher did not see offside himself but he agreed that the goal would not have stood with the video referee in operation.

He believes goalscorer Jonah Ayunga should have been penalized for a push on Stephen Welsh and does not think referee Don Robertson had the right angle to see the incident.

Speaking on Sky Sports News’ RefWatch segment, Gallagher said: “I think he’s lucky, he pushes Ralston in the back. He pushes him away.

“Joe Hart has the perfect view. He has the view that the referee wants, I think.

“I think if the referee has that opinion he gives a foul. (If VAR was in place) it would be reviewed and I think it would be disallowed.”

An Antonio Colak double helped Rangers see off Dundee United 2-1 at Ibrox.

The Tannadice men had a pair of penalty claims turned down in the second half, firstly for an incident involving Borna Barisic and Tony Watt and secondly when Jamie McGrath went down when Malik Tillman made a challenge.

Whistler Kevin Clancy did not point to the spot on either occasion – and Gallagher had no doubt that both decisions were correct.

On the first claim when Watt went down, he said: “I don’t think so. If you look, Tony Watt goes in – it’s clumsy but I don’t think he cuts him.

“They go together and he goes down. They’re side by side.”

The second penalty call came right and the end of the match as McGrath tumbled under the close attention of Tillman.

Of the late drama, Gallagher said: β€œI think this is definitely not a penalty, this one.

β€œThe players go together but for me, no penalty.

“I think he (Tillman) gets the ball. That’s the key.”

The big controversy of the weekend came in Hibs’ 3-1 win over Aberdeen.

Referee David Dickinson did not award the Leith side a penalty when the ball hit Ross McCrorie’s outstretched arm, but then pointed to the spot when Liam Scales and Ryan Porteous collided.

Gallagher had absolutely no doubt that the McCrorie incident should have resulted in a penalty being awarded, saying it would ALWAYS result in a spot-kick if the VAR was present.

He said: “He doesn’t have to. He goes to head the ball, no doubt about it, but his arm is out there.

“If it goes to VAR in England, it was always going to be a penalty.”

Scales was sent off soon after when he picked up a second booking, with Dons boss Jim Goodwin branding Hibs star Porteous an “obvious cheat” and accusing him of laughing at winning the penalty.

Despite the anger from Aberdeen, the ex-top referee insisted Dons defender Scales had taken a huge risk by tackling Porteous.

“I think that’s the argument. When will push come to shove?

“He’s holding him down, it’s a huge risk to take. That’s what the ref sees, he’s pulling him down. It’s a huge risk to take, that’s what the ref says.

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β€œHe pulls him down so the referee thinks it’s a yellow card offense on top of the penalty, so he has to go.

“If they decide, it’s a clear and obvious error by the referee. VAR can’t interfere with the red card because it’s a second yellow.”

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